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The Port of San Diego’s Day at The Docks 2024: A Celebration of Sportfishing and Marine Culture

The port event kicks off Southern California's spring saltwater fishing season as the largest sportfishing celebration, offering marine-themed activities for all ages against the backdrop of San Diego Bay's iconic sportfishing fleet.

SAN DIEGO— The highly anticipated annual event, The Port of San Diego’s Day at The Docks, is set to take place on Sunday, April 7, marking the official commencement of Southern California’s spring saltwater fishing season. This event, renowned as the West Coast’s largest public celebration of sportfishing, promises a day filled with marine-themed attractions suitable for the entire family.


Against the picturesque backdrop of San Diego Bay’s world-renowned sportfishing fleet, Day at The Docks offers a vibrant and dynamic environment for attendees to immerse themselves in the rich maritime culture of the region. Embracing a broader focus, organizers have extended invitations for visitors to explore the myriad marine recreational opportunities available along the waterfront, as well as indulge in the diverse culinary offerings of local restaurants and breweries.


Fishing enthusiasts are in for a treat with a lineup of activities tailored to seasoned anglers and novice fishermen alike. The event features fishing seminars showcasing the latest tackle innovations from industry leaders, alongside historical displays highlighting the evolution of saltwater tackle design. Expert fishermen will lead how-to seminars, sharing insights and techniques to enhance fishing prowess and maximize results.


For younger attendees aged 4-12, the Kid’s Fishing Adventure, sponsored by Okuma Fishing Tackle and Everingham Bros Bait Company, offers an exciting opportunity to wet a line and make a catch in specially designated areas stocked with fish. Expert assistance will be provided by members of the San Diego Rod & Reel Club and the San Diego Anglers to ensure a fun and educational experience for aspiring young anglers.


Throughout the day, the catch, prep and cook demos will provide tips and techniques for handling, storing and preparing fresh catch. Cooking demonstrations aboard select sportfishing vessels will offer attendees the chance to sample seafood dishes prepared by skilled chefs.


Anglers looking to test their skills can participate in the casting contests held at the short pier north of H&M Landing, with points awarded for both distance and accuracy. Open house sessions aboard the fleet boats will provide a firsthand opportunity for visitors to meet the captains and explore the amenities offered by San Diego sportfishing vessels.


The Izorline Knot-Tying Competition invites participants of all ages to showcase their prowess, with divisions catering to small fry (up to 10 years old), juniors (11-16 years old) and adults. A voluntary donation to enter the competition benefits the Friends of Rollo, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing fishing experiences for children. Prizes, including fishing trips, await winners in each division.


Families can enjoy scenic boat rides around San Diego Bay for a nominal contribution towards fuel costs, providing a unique perspective of the waterfront. The Gourmet Galley offers a diverse array of culinary delights, including seafood, Thai, Chinese, Mexican cuisine and more, with local restaurants serving up Day at The Docks specials.


Fishing enthusiasts can explore the latest trends and innovations in fishing tackle at the Hot Tackle exhibit, featuring top manufacturers showcasing their newest products. Bargain hunters can find great deals on fishing tackle from exhibitor retailers and landing tackle shops.

Art enthusiasts can appreciate marine-themed works from various artists, including Peter J Galleries, Larry Beard Ocean Fine Art and Marea Baja Designs, offering a unique fusion of art and maritime culture.


Live entertainment on the Main Stage will keep the atmosphere lively throughout the day, with performances by talented musicians paying homage to various musical genres. Attendees can also participate in raffles benefiting the Burn Institute, offering the chance to win prizes ranging from fishing trips to tickets to local attractions.


The organizers extend a warm invitation to everyone to join in the festivities and celebrate the official start of the season at the Port of San Diego Day at The Docks 2024. There’s something for everyone to enjoy on April 7th and throughout the 2024 season.

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